Farooq Ahmed

Tel: 01273 480510 | farooqahmed@westgate-chambers.co.uk
Westgate Chambers 64 High Street Lewes East Sussex Also at Hampton Family Arbitration www.hamptonfamilyarbitration.co.uk BN7 1XG

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Working through Westgate Chambers and through Hampton Family Arbitration, Farooq specialises in matters affecting children. When conducting an arbitration, he is very focused and knows what is important and relevant, as well as what is needed to sort the problems out. His written arbitration decisions are comprehensive and clear. You will be able to see why and how he reached his decision.

Farooq has been a children barrister for 33 years and a Recorder (part-time Judge in the Crown Court, civil courts and in the Family Court) for 17 years, He has made countless decisions about arrangements relating to children. His Judgments include issues such as who children should live with, who they should see and how often, relocation, schooling and changes of name.

Farooq is also, of course, a fully qualified Arbitrator and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. The same approach and standards are used whether Farooq is acting as an Arbitrator or as a Recorder.

Farooq is very approachable and extremely good with people. He projects an air of calm and engenders mutual respect. His measured, focused approach and preparation are second to none. His vast experience, his thorough consideration of the case and his attention to detail make him an excellent choice to make a decision in your case.

Reported Cases

You can have a look at some of Farooq’s publicly reported Judgments in the Family Court, below. You will see that there are no names. Arbitration cases cannot be published, even if names are taken out or changed, and so your case will not be made available to the public to read.

  • N v N (Removal from the jurisdiction) [2015] EWFC B89
  • J (A Child : Removal from the jurisdiction) [2015] EWFC B230
  • K (a child : fact finding), Re [2015] EWFC B85 (1 July 2015)



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Professional Memberships

  • Family Law Bar Association (FLBA)
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)



  • LLB (Hons) (Lond)
  • Qualified Children and Financial Arbitrator accredited by the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators

Barrister, Part-time Judge
Geographic Region:
London, South East